A coordinator position is a job in which the employee brings together all aspects of a production or project. Coordinators work in mostly medium to large businesses. A coordinator position is often at the intermediate management level, such as one or two steps up from a supervisory capacity. Coordinators work in many different industries and fields. Sales, marketing, events, health and administrative are some of the most common types of coordinator positions.
An administrative coordinator is a supporting position in a team environment. Administrative coordinators must also be able to work independently and manage a computer database. A strong ability to recognize and attend to priorities is especially crucial, as an administrative coordinator position involves working on many project details at once. Some administrative coordinators travel on business trips to attend to meeting details.
Health coordinator positions usually require an ability to access computer medical records. Basic medical terminology and/or a vocational diploma may also be required for health coordinator jobs. Health unit coordinators work in hospital communications environments and require an understanding of the legal aspects of medical care. Health forms must be coordinated between different hospital departments. In some American states, a health unit coordinator may require a certificate by the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators.
Events coordinators could work on a short-term per project contract basis. They may also work full time handling many different types of events. Training staff for specific duties during the events may be part of an event coordinator's job. An event coordinator is usually responsible for all event details such as securing a site, parking, seating, set up and communicating with marketing for advertising materials. Event coordinators may be required to first write up initial plans to be approved by their managers.
A marketing coordinator position often includes meeting with different department heads to coordinate a company's promotional and product materials. Marketing coordinators may also need to keep track of project details including the budget. Planning for trade shows and publicity events are tasks that are often the responsibility of a marketing coordinator. A marketing diploma and fundraising experience are usually preferred for candidates interested in promotional types of coordinator positions.
General sales coordinators may report to a director or manager. National sales coordinators usually have more responsibility as well as experience. Communication and problem-solving skills are crucial for a sales coordinator position. Most employers looking for sales coordinators expect proven sales ability as well as leadership skills.